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SAS Institute Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • If you're in an oncall rotation your work/life balance will suffer (in 13 reviews)

  • little room for technical advancement outside r&d (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (20)

    "I had to leave to advance my career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Developer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance.
    - Decent benefits (although becoming less of a differentiator as other companies catch up).
    - Great campus facilities (subsidized cafeterias, work-out facilities, On-site daycare/healthcare/prescription).
    - Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    - Stalled growth has limited raises, bonuses and profit sharing. In general, performance isn't tied to these anyway. Everyone gets the same thing so why bother putting in hard work.
    - Absolutely no career advancement. None.
    - As a younger person, SAS is a career suicide. I loved the company but had to leave to move forward.

    Advice to Management

    - Identify and promote high value employees. Don't make it based on time-served as it is today.
    - Identify and remove poor management. They stand in the way of making changes that SAS needs to stay competitive and block the advancement eager to move SAS forward.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "No Advancement, No Loyalty"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of on-site perks at headquarters--workout facilities and pool, decent cafeterias, other services, healthcare, and onsite day care if you're lucky enough to get in (only 300 spots for 6,000 employees). No layoffs, okay pay, modest bonuses most years.

    Cons

    Workloads are completely unrealistic. Promotions are few and far between and not based on merit. How can they be when you only allow two promotions for an entire department of 100 employees? Less and less flexibility every year. No career advancement available. At all.

    Advice to Management

    Enable career advancement and increase flexibility before you lose everyone that works hard.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated co-workers (if they’re not driven away)
    Health insurance
    Onsite amenities at HQ: healthcare, gym, daycare, cafes
    Salaries look lower than industry, but in-kind benefits help close the gap

    Cons

    SAS is really many companies in one-- each division has its own subculture. I can only outline the one division I was in:
    1) Cheap, cheap, cheap. CapEx, OpEx, headcount, travel etc
    2) Stingy with bonuses and praise
    3) Niggardly with raises and promotions
    4) Very hard to grow or move within the company
    5) Rampant favoritism
    6) Though Dr. G is not getting any younger, age discrimination is real
    Sadly, SAS is “regressing to the mean” as a workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Identify and cultivate only managers who have a soul. Put down the SAS Kool-Aid and stop gaming the “Best Places” lists -- start actually valuing all your employees, the heart and future of the company.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nothing like I expected.."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute as an intern

    Pros

    Nice amenities, like the cafe options, events for interns that featured keynote speakers, the opportunity to meet with employees in different departments to learn more about their position.

    Cons

    The internship at SAS was the exact opposite of what I expected. The description of the position was not what it turned out to be. I learned nothing in my degree field and was told there was an opportunity to work with other departments on projects, but that was a lie. They don't pay interns based on level of experience or degree either. An intern with a Bachelors degree, pursuing a second degree, making $2 less an hour than an intern that hasn't even graduated with a Bachelor's yet? Seems completely unfair to me. Interns don't get paid for holidays either, even though it's not their choice the office is closed. Something that wasn't disclosed when explaining there were no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful when interviewing interns. Having great expectations for an internship to just be let down on so many levels is disappointing.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Shady sales practices"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat work/life balance - certainly if you are on campus, lovely place. Plenty of time out of the office. Lots of complacent employees "hanging on".

    Cons

    Time out of office, was difficult to complete tasks when waiting on resources. Remote workers not inclusive as part of the team. Shady practices in the sales teams with account assignment and compensation plans.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on mid-management, I know its difficult to kill a golden goose, but account assignment and re-allocations are cherry picked and its very very clear.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great please to who?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAS Analyst in Brazil, IN
    Former Employee - SAS Analyst in Brazil, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is very good for moms and dads
    Good benefit - nothing extraordinary, but good ones

    Cons

    Bad for young talented people, no opportunities - horizontal or vertical.
    Lots of baby boomers, does not value young, talented and beloved people. That's too bad, young managers just leave the companye because of the lack of opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know you people, your subsidiaries, know your staff talents and give them opportunity!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "account executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you live in Cary NC. you get a lot of perks - if you do not live in Cary NC. there is nothing special about SAS.

    Cons

    low base salary and low commission rates compared to industry.

    Advice to Management

    get with the times - the SAS name is not what it used to be - Many good starts ups are taking best sales talent.

  8. Helpful (20)

    "Falling Behind"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is still somewhat of a thing at SAS. The campus is beautiful. There are a number of cafeterias. The customer base still left as a result of the business model they have includes many interesting companies, doing many interesting things.

    Cons

    The company is rapidly losing its competitive edge. Newer employees see little opportunity for career growth inside the company; older employees are not incentivized to keep up with the rapid technological changes going on outside SAS HQ. Much of what SAS does can be found elsewhere for far less, and the company's business model (and perhaps size) is going to have to change dramatically, I think, for it to continue to do well.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more value for your employees -- that means money, plain and simple. Your current structure means your best talent is going to move on, and your least productive people are going to stay, for lack of anywhere else they can realistically go.


  9. Helpful (26)

    "Not What It's Cracked Up To Be"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAS Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    short work weeks. 35 hours is standard.
    very green grass around campus.

    Cons

    The title says it all: don't believe the hype.
    All these best places to work awards must be rigged, bought, or a be tremendous HR/PR effort.
    The perks/benefits might have been astonishing in years past but in 2017 they are simply on par with other tech companies, and even well-behind in some categories. Most of the good benefits that older generations at SAS got are no longer available or have been greatly diminished.
    One of the areas they are far behind in? Compensation. Low pay, and low to no raises has been normal for some time now. Bonuses are meager. For a company that does over 3B in revenue and has been profitable forever, that is astonnnnnnnnishing. Meanwhile the CEO (whose own wealth continues to grow like crazy) continues to build new buildings on campus (even though there's a hiring freeze going on) and building developments off-site for his own gain. That last part is completely fine and his prerogative, but it is a slap in the face to employees that don't get paid well or get merit increases, and his bank accounts continue to grow like crazy because he owns the company (not public, no investors, yada yada.) and can do whatever he wants with his money. Here's an idea: Maybe freeze some raises/benefits for the huge amount of people in MGMT and yourself so you can reward top performers in an attempt to gain back some respect from employees who are undervalued and not being rewarded for hard work?
    No room for growth whatsoever unless you "stick it out" for 5-10 years when you MIGHT get bumped up one level. Maybe.
    So who wants to work here? A couple types of people from what I can tell: 1) people over a certain age who have been here 10-30 years and don't have the drive to pick up and leave. They don't have to work hard and they've been here long enough when they actually got raises and benefits that were ahead of the competition so they are in a good place. 2) average workers. people who don't want stress, don't want to push themselves, and just be able to have a short work week to spend time at home or with family. Totally get it. That's a good bit of people.
    The last couple of comments sum up why SAS is falling behind and will continue to do so. Any young and/or good talent soon realizes that it is not all it was cracked up to be and jumps ship to any one of the faster, smarter, and more generous tech companies in the area. There are plenty of other local tech companies that move fast, embrace change, reward solid work and not just tenure (remember, these are usually people who aren't the best that end up sticking around), and have comparable benefits.
    If you are 21-30, I would highly encourage you to think twice about working here. The writing is on the wall.

    Advice to Management

    rethink everythjnf


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Disappointed in my experience at SAS"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAS Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great campus and cafeterias, reasonable priced, lots of on-site facilities. If you are an under-performer you tend to be able to stick around for a while, I often found myself waiting to get deliverables accomplished because peers or other groups were out for a a couple of their 25 days a year vacation.

    While a great majority of corporate campus is riddled with under achievers, there are super nice people that will work as hard as they know how to help you on board.

    Cons

    Was unaware of their culture in the industry prior to joining and the mass exodus of 2016 did not leave many customers in a purchasing position.

    If I were to give any advice, I would say that after you join, learn as much as possible and then start to look for an exit strategy, over-achievers don't last long.

    Engineering staff is friendly and fun to work with, but if you come from a high energy high potential firm, you have to babysit them to get what you need.

    Advice to Management

    Truly measure performance of employees based upon what they bring to the business and their tangible success, being part of the family and friends circle should not be the proper measure of performance.


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